A handcuffed and hooded man was hit in the head by a police officer while other officers watched and did nothing in the San Joaquin County Jail in California on Aug. 24, 2017.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office released video of the brutal incident on YouTube on March 13, 2018.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Facebook on the same day:
Sheriff’s Statement: It is with sadness that we share with you this video as released by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
The video shows a man in the holding area of the San Joaquin County Jail after he was brought in for intoxication by Manteca Police Officers on August 24th, 2017. The man is wearing a “spit bag” on his head after he allegedly attempted to spit on those officers.
What happens next is one of our correctional officers enters the holding area and then, inexplicably, strikes the man in the head. The detainee was sitting, legs and arms cuffed, and apparently posing no threat.
We are very grateful to the Manteca Police Officer who witnessed this incident and then immediately reported the matter up the chain of command.
Correctional Officer Matthew Mettler was immediately placed on administrative leave where he remains.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office launched an internal affairs and criminal investigation which, along with this video, was handed over to the DA’s office for prosecution.
About one month later, Correctional Officer Mettler was charged by DA’s office with a misdemeanor count of Assault by a Public Officer.
“As Sheriff, I don’t condone the actions as portrayed on this video by our jail staff,” said Sheriff Steve Moore. “It is inconsistent with the professionalism of San Joaquin County Correctional Officers, and of this department. The action taken by the DA’s office is appropriate and we support their position.”